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“The horse as a Stakeholder” at Saddle Research Trust Conference

The important issue of “The Horse as a Stakeholder” will be discussed by world renowned researchers at the Saddle Research Trust’s 4th International Conference, which is going to be held virtually on Saturday 11 December 2021

World renowned researchers will discuss the important issue of “The Horse as a Stakeholder” at the Saddle Research Trust’s 4th International Conference, to be held virtually on Saturday 11 December 2021. For those who cannot make it to the livestream on Saturday the event will be available via playback from 14 December.

In this third session of the day leading UK vet Dr Rachel Murray along with Dr Sue Dyson will look at how tack fit and behavioural signs relate to welfare and performance in the ridden horse.

Dr Sue Dyson will present the keynote on the application of the ridden horse pain ethogram to improve equine welfare and performance. An ethogram is a catalogue of behaviours, each with strict definitions. The Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram (RHpE) comprises 24 behaviours, the majority of which are at least 10 times more likely to be seen in a lame horse compared with a non-lame horse.

Dr Rachel Murray will go on discuss the importance of bridle fit for optimal equine welfare and performance. Horses wear bridles in many situations but, unlike saddles, they are rarely routinely fitted. With many important structures in the horse’s head, the fit of a bridle can have significant impact on the comfort and performance of the horse.

Dr Sue Dyson will then close the session by highlighting what we can learn from the observation of horses’ behaviours during tacking up and mounting; observational studies have shown that there are common abnormal behaviours which are either interpreted as normal or not recognised by owners. Recognition of such behaviours is important because abnormal behaviour during tacking-up and mounting may reflect anticipation of pain during ridden exercise.

“Social licence has become an imperative in all horse sports in order to preserve and promote public support,” said CEO of the Saddle Research Trust Jan Birch. “And our conference would not be complete without exploring what’s in it for the horse to ensure we always maintain optimal welfare and performance.”

“The Horse as a Stakeholder” is one of a full day of high-quality interactive presentations from world-renowned researchers and vets at the Conference, which is exploring the “Welfare and Performance of the Ridden Horse: The Future”.

The event is also eligible for CPD points for delegates whose professional bodies are registered with the SRT. The Conference will be split into four sessions, each closing with an interactive Q&A:

Session 1: Applying the science

Session 2: Through the lens

Session 3: The horse as a stakeholder

Session 4: Hot topics

Playback of the conference will be available from 14 December until 31 December and further access to the review (individual sessions) will be available from mid-January onwards. Tickets to the full playback are priced at the cost of the livestream, £80 plus booking fee, while the individual sessions from January 2022 will be £15 per session.

To find out more visit about the Saddle Research Trust visit their new website or book your tickets via the eventbrite website.

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